Eighteen Summers before they’re grown and ready to spread their wings…SIGH…such a bittersweet time for parents and kids. For most young adults, going off to college is their first time truly living away from home. They’re used to Mom and Dad providing everything they need and all the comforts of home. Laundry, dishes, cooking, managing a tight schedule can all be a bit overwhelming. I enlisted my stepdaughter’s (a junior in college this Fall) help with this blog. I asked her what items have been most helpful these first couple of years? Here’s what she recommended as her top essentials!
can't live without this for popcorn and pizza rolls: microwave
perfect spot for your microwave and cups of oodle of noodles: rolling cart
great to cook up some late night after bar snacks: air fryer
quick bagel or pop tart before class in the morning: toaster
perfect for a drink while studying: tumblers
gotta stay hydrated and this makes your water tasty: brita pitcher
perfect for your apartment kitchen: pots and pans
great for keeping your water cold while you sit in class: Rtic tumbler
How about bedroom essentials? Everyone needs to wind down at the end of a long day of exercising that brain. You definitely will not regret having these in your dorm or apartment.
perfect for streaming during your down time or for documentaries: Roku
AppleAirplay built in for watching your favorite shows too: Vizio Smart TV
you would think with the $$ you are spending for college that your mattress would be a Serta, but in reality it is about as comfy as a stale piece of bread, this is a must: mattress topper
comfy bedding is a must and this 6 pc XL twin set is adorable: Bed in a Bag
I cannot stress how often you will be using this and it is inexpensive: Vacuum
Getting cozy and comfy is a must and this is the softest blanket ever: Blanket
These velvet hangers are leaner than plastic so they take up less space in those small dorm closets and they keep your clothes from falling off: Hangers
Dorms have limited outlets and these come in handy: Surge Protector
Chances of you and your dorm roommate having the same internal clock are slim to none. So you are going to want one of these to catch your Zzz's: Sleep Mask
Now, let’s talk Bath & Laundry Essentials. Trust us, you’ll definitely want to stock up on these!
Most dorms have large bathrooms for the entire hall, so you’ll want to have a caddy to keep all your shower goodies in one place: Caddy
This is a must for minor things that don't require a trip to campus doctor office: Kit
These will come in handy for the rest of your life: Tide Stick
Easy to use to tote laundry back and forth from the laundromat: Hamper
These usually fit in the dorm closets: Drawers
This is essential to not looking like a clown when you leave the dorm room. The dorm lighting is horrible for applying makeup: Lighted Mirror
This is a must for maximizing space in those tiny closets: Hanging shelf
These are the dorm / apartment essentials you do not want to forget. You will use every single one of these items! What are you taking to college you can't live without? Let us know in the comments!
xoxo, Andrea & Melissa